The Isles of Scilly are almost crime-free (picture credit: SWNS)
Police on the almost crime-free Isles of Scilly have launched their first manhunt in years – for a bogus traffic warden.
Officers are seeking a suspect whoâ€™s been leaving fake parking tickets on vehicles.
The investigation was sparked after a fixed parking penalty fine was slapped on a hired buggy parked outside Wesleyan Chapel on the island of St Maryâ€™s.
It is the first manhunt in years – recent police activity involved a stray seal in the high street & pacifying two drunken chefs in a row over salt.
The Facebook post that revealed the manhunt (credit: Facebook/Isles of Scilly Police)
Other criminal activity saw officers probing a short-sighted horse vandalising cars & a 50-year-old dispute over a shed.
But police have warned the giver of the fake fine they will track them down & they will face the full force of the law as it is being treated as a genuine crime.
Writing on the Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page, Sergeant Colin Taylor said: â€œThis morning we had a gentleman into the police station who had been caused distress & anxiety as he had received a ticket on the buggy he had hired.
“It had been parked completely legally outside the Wesleyan Chapel in Garrison Lane. He was visibly relieved when we pointed out that it was not issued by us.
Scilly Police admit that they are not the most overstretched force in the country (picture credit: SWNS)
“We always sign ours with our name & shoulder number so that the disgruntled know who to be grumpy at face to face & the cowardly can berate on their own FB site.
“He was even happier that we do consider it an act of malicious communication, an offence which is triable summarily with a maximum of six months imprisonment & or a fine.â€
Sgt Taylor said it was a shame the person who left the note did not come to him first.
â€œWe could have prevented them becoming a suspect & steered them towards becoming a Constable (Special or Regular) where I would have gladly allocated them exclusivity in issuing tickets lawfully all around St Maryâ€™s to their heartâ€™s content.â€
Itâ€™s not the first time bogus fixed penalty parking notices have been slapped on vehicles in the Isles of Scilly.
Back in 2011, a handyman dressed as a traffic warden to celebrate the New Year & prompted police to be accused of â€˜draconianâ€™ conduct by people who had been ticketed.
Source: “Yahoo News”